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BOARD SURVEY OF SYNAGOGUE MEMBERSHIP REVEALS LONDON TREND

Last updated: 2002-11-26

The latest survey published by the Community Research Unit of the Board of Deputies reveals how London Jewry has changed over the last 25 years.

The report provides hard data on the population movement from areas of Inner and Outer London to the suburbs and dormitory areas of South West Hertfordshire and South East Essex. This is the latest step in the century-long movement from the East End. The analyses show that synagogue membership within the formal Greater London area has fallen by 18% in a quarter-century while total membership has almost tripled in those areas, such as Bushey and Radlett, which are adjacent to Greater London. The new report, entitled ”British Synagogue Membership in 2001,” follows similar studies in 1977, 1983, 1990 and 1996.

The data in the study is derived from information provided by individual synagogues throughout the country. The report covers the whole religious spectrum of British Jewry.

Community Issues Director, Marlena Schmool, commented: “These long-term studies allow the Community Research Unit to describe current trends within the community. This work would be impossible without the unfailing support of all synagogues and congregations throughout the UK.”